Thursday, November 14, 2013

Leather for the weekend: steal Heidi Klum’s cool casual look

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When it comes to dressing for your days off it can be tricky to strike the balance between fashionable and functional. ‘Yes’ to model-off-duty, and ‘no’ to neighbourhood-cat-lady . In my book, Heidi Klum has the model-mum-off-duty look down to an art. Needless to say, a former Victoria Secret model and TV presenter would probably look good in a bed sheet, but Heidi’s secret is never stepping out looking sloppy and never over-styling (unless it’s one of her outrageous Halloween costumes!).  She was even spotted looking trendy at her daughter's football match in LA. Heidi dressed up her chunky trainers and skinny jeans with a leather biker jacket - she's also been seen working this piece on a shopping trip with boyfriend Martin Kristen and her kids. Channel Heidi's effortlessly edgy look and put some creativity back into your weekend wardrobe.
Biker babe
Heidi proves that a leather biker jacket is a great investment piece: it can be thrown on over the most casual clothes to take any outfit from so-so to whoa. There are plenty of designs to choose from in this season's women's coats. If you want a real leather version try this Myleene Klass number. The close cut keeps your silhouette sleek and trim, while the asymmetric zip gives the jacket an authentic retro look that adds instant cool to your casuals.
Top it off
Heidi's kept her look low-key with a simple black sweatshirt. An oversized number contrasts with the tight-fitted jacket, but give witty slogans a miss if you want to avoid looking like you've raided a teenager's wardrobe! For something a little more elegant, soften the edgy look of the biker jacket and jeans combo with a pretty blouse. The beaded detail on this smart embellished shirt draws the eye without being too over-the-top.
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Fuss-free footwear
Dressing with style doesn't have to mean squeezing into some fancy footwear. Heidi's trainers are perfect for a weekend stroll in the park, so find yourself a soft but trendy pair for those more casual occasions. Be careful not to confuse comfy with scruffy - no one wants to see the muddy remnants of your last country walk following you down the high street. When you're headed somewhere a little smarter, switch your sports shoes for a pair of ankle boots, but give the biker style a miss to avoid an awkward clash with the jacket.
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Go natural
When you're getting ready at the weekend keep the time you spend on hair and make-up to a minimum. Heidi's loose locks and nude lipstick exude effortless glamour, and sunnies are a must if you're after that aloof celeb style. Rather than struggling to tame your mane into a tricky and fussy 'do try to embrace its natural texture, whether that's tight curls, loose waves or dead straight. Now you've got this simple look nailed, don't overload it with jewellery: pick a favourite piece as a final touch or go without – you guys know how much I love pared back bling.
Weekend fashion shouldn't be a chore, so channel Ms. Klum's effortless cool whatever you get up to!

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